- Taking a food-first approach to supporting your brain health is definitely a great idea.
- That said, your diet might have certain shortfalls when it comes to meeting your nutrient levels. So let's get specific about the vitamins that can help out with supporting brain health, and which nutrients are worth looking for in your multivitamin.
There’s no question that giving your brain the nutritional support it needs is a great idea. And while you can certainly get some of that from a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and other nutrient-dense foods, to ultimately support brain health, you may also want to consider supplementing your diet with vitamins that provide extra help.
But to be more specific, what nutrients should you be looking for when choosing vitamins that may support brain health?
Folate is part of the B vitamin family. From a dietary perspective, you can find folate in foods like yeast; dark, leafy vegetables (like spinach); and fresh fruits. But because folate can be negatively impacted during the prep and cooking process, even a healthy diet full of folate-rich foods might not always cover folate needs—which is where folate dietary supplements come in.
Research has found that folate supplementation may play an important role in the metabolism of homocysteine, an amino acid that can have an impact on brain health. (1). To this end, a recent study linked a supportive effect to those supplementing with B-vitamins (including folate) compared to a placebo (2).